South Campus

Ardmore Flying School

Since 1961

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Are You Dreaming of Soaring Through the Skies?

Ardmore Flying School has been dedicated to training world-class pilots since 1961. With over six decades of experience, we have earned a reputation as one of the leading flight training organisations globally. Boasting a legacy of excellence, we take pride in having trained over 22,000 pilots who now soar the skies across the globe.

Ardmore Flying School is also home of New Zealand’s largest Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) training centre; we offer unparalleled resources for trainee pilots. Our fleet is comprised of Diamond DA-42 aircraft and Cessna 172SP aircraft equipped with Garmin G1000 avionics, enabling students to master the intricacies of modern flight navigation systems. These aircraft are supplemented by our state-of-the-art flight simulators. Our Cessna 172, Diamond DA-42, and Airbus A320 simulators provide our students with a realistic and immersive learning environment enhancing their capability and success, and setting them up with the required tools for long and safe careers within the industry.

Ardmore Flying School prides itself on the expertise of its instructors, A, B, and C-Category Flight Instructors, and retired airline pilots who bring invaluable real-world experience to the training curriculum. Our Multi Crew Integration Course, led by our airline training team, ensures that our graduates are well-prepared for the demands of advanced airline operations.

Recognized for our commitment to excellence, Ardmore Flying School is approved by both the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority and the Vietnamese Civil Aviation Authority (CAAV). We are honoured to be a training partner of Vietnam Airlines, further cementing our position as a trusted provider of aviation education and training.

Some facts about Ardmore Flying School

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AFS graduates find airline employment

Expert Instruction

Our team of experienced instructors delivers a comprehensive curriculum that emphasises industry best practices, safety protocols, and advanced techniques. You’ll be equipped to confidently navigate real-world aviation situations and become a sought-after licensed pilot.

The Aerodrome

Ardmore Airport is situated 33km from Auckland’s CBD and is one of New Zealand’s busiest general aviation airfields. Established in 1943, Ardmore Airport has become the country’s premier facility for airline and general aviation pilot training.

Our grounds school uses a mix of web based and classroom delivered training.
The facilities include:

3 lecture rooms equipped with the latest technology and training aids

4 pre-flight briefing rooms offering privacy and access to all our premium resources

A large pre-flight planning and dispatch area fully catering to all your pre-flight needs

Airbus A320, Diamond DA42 Twin Star, Cessna 172 simulators

Take the first step

Ready to take the first step toward your aviation career?
Contact us today to learn more about Ardmore Flying School and how we can help you achieve your dreams!

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+649 298 5055


2 Harvard Lane, Papakura, Auckland 2582


Open hours: 7 am – 6 pm (7 days a week)
Extended hours available by prior arrangement
Closed Public Holidays



Ardmore Flying School